Now that the weather is starting to get colder, the pumpkin patches have lost their allure, and families are staying indoors more, we’ve put together this list of fun, family-friendly, and adventure filled activities for families! Best of all, they’re free!
I Am Never Bored: The Best Ever Craft and Activity Book for Kids by Sarah Devos
This book is perfect for parents who are tired of their children being glued to the television or video game console AND who keep hearing “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do”. With 100 different activities, ranging from dream catchers, anti-stress balls, tin can telephones, salt dough, cardboard castles, and more, your children will have no reason to be bored!
Find it at J 745.5 DEV or click here to place a hold.
101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest, Ever! by Holly Home & Rachel Miller
Authors of the popular site kidsactivitiesblog.com, Home and Miller have compiled some of their best, never before published ideas into this book! Perfect for families with children ranging from ages 3-12, this book is sure to have something for everyone.
Find it at J 790.1922 HOM or click here to place a hold.
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen
This is the ultimate guide and activity book for the modern family! It’s crammed full of activities that are fun, doable, and designed to get kids engaged! It includes classic science experiments, crafts and upcycling, board game hacking, code cracking, stop action movie making, trivia, and so much more.
Find it at J 790 GLE or click here to place a hold.
This winter, try learning about your family tree! Through December 31st, access to Ancestry.com is available to you from home! All you need is a valid library card and internet access and you are ready to go.
You can even have grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins chime in and tell stories from when they were kids for a fun family experience!
To access Ancestry with your library card, click here.
Make a family scrapbook or time capsule! Gather together with some of your favorite mementos and assemble them in a box or photo album. If you’re creating a time capsule, decide on the date you will open it and find a secure hiding place! If you’re feeling super adventurous, you can try to hide in a favorite family location!
As always, your favorite STPL Children’s Librarians are available to help! If you’re looking for more activity books and ideas, stop by the department or give us a call at 815.725.4368 and we’ll be happy to assist!
Written by Ms. Mara, Children’s Outreach Librarian